Eugene J. Kim, DDS -  - Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Pinnacle Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

Eugene J. Kim, DDS

Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Scottsdale, AZ

Dental anxiety is common, but should never get in the way of having the preventive and restorative treatments you need to achieve and maintain great oral health. At Pinnacle Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Scottsdale, Arizona, Eugene J. Kim, DDS, understands the complexities of dental anxiety and offers a range of anesthesia options to help you get the care you need without undue stress. Call today to learn more.


What is dental anesthesia?

Anesthesia is a medication used to prevent or reduce pain during a surgical procedure. There are various ways to approach anesthesia, but it’s vitally important to work with a skilled medical professional with the training and experience needed to deliver proper anesthesia. 

Dental anesthesia can make a world of difference for men and women who suffer from dental anxiety. Don’t delay a dental exam or treatment due to worries over discomfort. Dental anesthesia can help you get through your visits with ease. 

What kinds of dental anesthesia are available?

You have options when it comes to dental anesthesia, and the right path for you depends on your dental procedure, your anxiety levels, and your overall health. 

Local anesthetic

This approach is a good fit for simple oral surgeries like basic tooth extractions and soft tissue work. Local anesthetic is administered via injection near the treatment area. You remain awake and alert throughout the procedure. 

Nitrous oxide with local anesthetic 

This approach uses a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide to help you remain relaxed and comfortable during your treatment, although you remain awake and able to respond to commands. This is a good fit for placing dental implants and removing wisdom teeth. 

Office-based general anesthesia

This option is administered intravenously and in conjunction with a local anesthetic. You’re asleep throughout your treatment and unaware of what’s going on. This is a good match for cases of extreme dental anxiety or when placing dental implants.

Hospital-based general anesthesia

This type of general anesthesia is administered by an anesthesiologist in a hospital or surgical center. It’s a good fit for extensive procedures like TMJ surgery or jaw reconstruction.    

Intravenous sedation

Also known as twilight sedation, this option is administered intravenously. You’ll feel extremely relaxed and may fall asleep during your procedure, but you can be easily roused with a gentle shake. You may not be fully aware of what’s happening during your visit, and you might not remember the experience. 

How do I know which type of anesthesia is right for me?

There are a lot of options to choose from, but Dr. Kim is there to guide you toward an approach best suited to your needs. You discuss any dental anxiety issues, and Dr. Kim also considers your overall health and the complexity of your procedure.

You’re always given the details you need to make an informed decision about your dental health. If you have questions or concerns, call to schedule an appointment online today.